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The idea of ""self"" and ""other"" and its illustration in paintings and literature is a crucial topic in present cultural sciences in addition to in our daily life in modern Western societies. furthermore, the idea that of ""self"" and ""other"" and its imaginary dichotomy is gaining an increasing number of political impression in an international of resurfacing ideology-ridden conflicts. The essays care for Jewish fact in modern Germany and its mirrored image in videos from the specific standpoint of cultural sciences, political sciences, and spiritual reports. This anthology offers challengingly new insights into themes not often coated, comparable to adolescence tradition or humor, and eventually discusses the photographs of Jewish lifestyles as realities nonetheless to be built.
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What turned out that fascinating after all? TS: Without specific differences and declared turns there would be no cultural debate: this disruptive force leads to the (re)-discovery of themes and topics as, for example, the role of the imaginary. What are the platonic wax tablet or Heidegger’s “In der Welt sein” if not representations and metaphorical images that encapsulate and fix conceptual insights? But it is also true... ” That is exactly the iconic turn. Modernity requires questioning the function, the structure, and the specific quality of the images in their collective use.
Instead, they work in the opposite direction: they make invisible continuing practices of domination by suggesting that the Self has not become but always has been the Other. Works cited Bergem, Wolfgang, Politische Kultur und Geschichte, in: S. ), Politische Kulturforschung: Forschungsstand und Forschungsperspektiven, Frankfurt a. M. 2009. , Vom Rand zur Mitte. Rechtsextreme Einstellungen und ihre Einflussfaktoren in Deutschland, Berlin 2006. ), Geliebter Feind – Gehasster Freund. Antisemitismus und Philosemitismus in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Berlin 2009.
With regard to film, this implies the depiction of characters alongside antisemitically coded binary oppositions, such as in Die Gustloff/Ship of No Return, 2008. ³⁶ Koch’s virtuous counterparts, the hero/heroine-couple of civilian captain Hellmuth Kehding, another fictitious character, and his girlfriend, the naval assistant Erika Galetschky, are only interested in saving as many civilians as they can. Posed in opposition, the evil Nazi characters, whose sole purpose is either to carry on an already lost war or, later, to save themselves during the sinking of the ship.